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Leading Food Allergy Research and Advocacy Groups Merge to Find Cure for Life-Threatening Childhood Disease
Date:2/2/2009

oal of finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies," said Todd Slotkin, Chairman and President of The Food Allergy Initiative. "After partnering on many important research and advocacy initiatives, our two organizations have now formally joined together with a renewed commitment to bring families affected by food allergies the treatments that we are all so eager to find."

David and Denise Bunning, parents of two severely food-allergic sons, founded The Food Allergy Project after privately funding research for a number of years and leading local family support groups in their Chicago-area hometown. Since 2006, The Food Allergy Project has championed increased federal funding for food allergy research, resulting in commitments from leading federal agencies for the disease. The Food Allergy Initiative has led the charge on food allergy research, providing significant funding to major medical centers in the U.S. and overseas, including the world-renowned Jaffe Institute for Food Allergy Research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York, NY). The Food Allergy Initiative also has driven public policy solutions, including the passage in 2004 of the Food Allergy Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA). With rates of food allergies rising dramatically and far outstripping the research community's current resources dedicated to the disease, these leading organizations will now join forces to call for action from the nation's leaders.

"This merger represents the joining together of like-minded parents, advocates and researchers who are committed to finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies," said David Bunning. "Our children deserve the right to reach their full potential, and Denise and I are thrilled to merge our organization with The Food Allergy Initiative to bring hope for a cure to millions of children."

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